A Trip to Cape Town
I was fortunate enough to visit the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa at the end of a 10-day safari trip in Zambia, Chobe National Park, the Botswana Okavango Delta, and a sightseeing tour of Johannesburg. From the culture to the food to the gorgeous landscape of Tabletop Mountain overshadowing the city, this trip to Cape Town was packed with beautiful sights and unique experiences. My husband and I spent three full days and two nights in the city and we did manage to do a lot of sightseeing during our Cape Town travel.
There are so many things to visit and see during Cape Town tours so it is always great to plan ahead. We used Abercrombie & Kent to organize the private tours for us. However, Cape Town is such a cosmopolitan place and we felt really safe, that renting a car and visiting everything on your own could have been very easy and way more affordable.
Here are a few highlights of our trip to Cape Town for anyone who might be interested in visiting this wonderful city (and trust me, after this post, you just might!).
Accommodation: The Cape Royale Hotel
During our Cape Town travel, we stayed in a unique and beautifully furnished AirBnB suite at the Cape Royale Hotel in Cape Town. Part of the hotel is residential and owners rent their apartments on AirBnB so you can get a great deal for an amazing apartment! Not only was the place surprisingly affordable, but it also had balconies all around with fantastic views of Tabletop Mountain and the ocean. Although it’s not really considered one of the Cape Town attractions, the mid-century model decor of the building is very elegant. The hotel has a rooftop bar and pool, wellness center, and spa attached, offering a variety of luxurious services, as well as several coffee places and restaurants to choose from on the ground floor! It should really be a part of one of the Cape town tours. Whether you are in the mood for a morning cup of coffee or cocktails and tapas by the pool in the late afternoon, the Cape Royale had everything we could have possibly needed while on our trip to Cape Town.
Victoria Wharf Waterfront
After checking into our suite, my husband and I took a walk to the V&A Waterfront. Victoria Wharf is such a beautiful area which gives European vibes and is a must see on one of your Cape Town tours. Overlooking the ocean and Tabletop Mountain, the Victoria Waterfront is an absolute paradise. Admiring the clear sky, crystal blue waters, the misty mountain, and boats exiting and entering the harbor was an amazing way to kick off our Cape Town travel. In addition to Cape Town attractions, the city offers numerous restaurants offering delicious seafood cuisine and street musicians liven up the daily markets. The Victoria Waterfront attracts millions of visitors each year, and you should plan to see it if you take a trip to Cape Town. It’s named after Queen Victoria of England and her second son, Alfred, who visited the harbor in 1860 with the Royal Navy. There is a statue commemorating his involvement with the Navy Yard’s development in the harbor as well.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
The second day of our trip started with a drive to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, one of the popular Cape Town attractions. We took a golf cart and a tour guide and managed to explore most of the gardens in an hour. There are two types of vegetation in Kirstenbosch, Fynbos– a type of flower- and forest. The types of Fynbos are Protea, spiny green plants that flower in summer and fall, Ericas, which spout purplish blooms and small leaves, and Restios, which are also known as Cape Reeds. The Protea is South Africa’s national flower.
The forest is mountainous, and trees can be up to 30 meters in height! In addition to all the natural beauty around, Kirstenbosch also features metal sculptures and art in the garden, including a permanent exhibition of traditional Mambo sculptures and a bust of Nelson Mandela. Some recreations of the works and others like them can be found available for purchase in the Visitors’ Center.